1 January 1971

The 18th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 18 December, 1970-2 January, 1971 in New Delhi, India:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting at Congress at New Delhi, India, 28 December 1970 to 2 January 1971

Deploring the ever-increasing expenditure on defence and the consequent diversion of vital resources so urgently needed to solve the growing problems of world poverty, disease, illiteracy, and the pollution of the environment

Believing that, in view of U Thant’s statement “ . . . The world now stands at a most critical cross-roads.  It can pursue the arms race at a terrible price to the security of the world, or it can move ahead towards the ultimate aim of general and complete disarmament . . .’, and that this ultimate aim must be emphasized again and again, and be given the greatest publicity

Calls on all governments to approach the problem of disarmament in a new spirit and work towards general and universal disarmament by taking  two specific first steps:

  • complete nuclear disarmament
  • complete ban on research, production, stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons.